Cecil James GUNN MM


GUNN, Cecil James

Service Number: 1691
Enlisted: 28 February 1916, Enlisted at Hamilton, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 58th Infantry Battalion
Born: Dimboola, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Penshurst, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Killed in action, France, 1 October 1918
Cemetery: Bellicourt British Cemetery
Plot 1, Row E, Grave 7
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Penshurst Avenue of Honour, Penshurst War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1691, 58th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Hamilton, Victoria
4 Apr 1916: Involvement Private, SN 1691, 58th Infantry Battalion
4 Apr 1916: Embarked Private, SN 1691, 58th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Melbourne
16 May 1917: Honoured Military Medal, Private Gunn was a Battalion Headquarters runner on 2nd September 1918 during the attack on Peronne. He made many trips through the town to rear Headquarters and up to the front line. Throughout the day the town was heavily shelled and the vicinity of the front line was exposed to continuous and heavy Machine gun fire. The utter disregard of danger and marked bravery and devotion to duty of Private Gunn was a fine example and encouragement to all his comrades, and by his agency communication to the front and rear was kept up at critical times when the wires were being constantly cut by shell fire. In addition to his duties as a runner Private Gunn carried up as much ammunition as he could carry each trip to the front line, or from rear Battalion Headquarters to the Battalion there being an urgent demand for same. Private Gunn has a fine record of good service as a Battalion Headquarters runner. Source: Commonwealth Gazette No. 115 Date: 10 October 1919

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Cunningham and Frances Gunn of Lyndhurst, Penshurst, Victoria

In 1918 he was recommended for two medals, the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal but was only awarded the latter

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal